Culture Collections

The UK Biological Resource Centre Network – Website Launch


Bringing together the UK’s expert centres in biological resource curation

The United Kingdom Biological Resource Centre Network (UKBRCN) has launched its new website. The site brings together information from the 14 partner collections including links to the individual culture collections databases, collection news, events and vacancies, and up to date guidance and recent publications. It is hoped that the website will assist the UKBRCN in achieving its aim of fostering active collaborative links within the biological resource community.

The key objectives of the UKBRCN are to:

  • co-ordinate engagement with users and common stakeholders (editorial boards, grant funding authorities, UK government)
  • share best practice regarding quality and compliance, ensuring that users of living genetic resources and collection are within the law (Nagoya Protocol)
  • provide expert responses and solutions to the problems faced by those working with and harnessing biological resource
  • raise awareness of the value of culture collections to the scientific community by providing information and training
  • co-ordinate grant applications in key areas of research to enhance scientific procedures and services of the UK’s biological resource centres


The UKBRCN was originally established to coordinate the activities of the UK national service collections of microbial organisms. The UK has a thriving medical and life sciences research and development community and biological resource centres play an important role in providing researchers with a wide range of authentic biological cultures for their research.  

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